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When does the January transfer window open and close? Key dates for winter signings in 2022/23

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The ongoing FIFA World Cup may have put the majority of world football’s domestic seasons to a temporary stop, but it’ll take more than that to halt the transfer rumour mill, which is only intensifying as January edges ever closer.

Most leagues’ seasons still have a long way to go in 2022/23, meaning that January could prove to be a crucial month for clubs who feel the need to strengthen their squads.

Clubs have often racked up a plethora of injuries at this stage, usually exacerbated by a packed festive schedule. However, for those players not involved at the World Cup, the break for Qatar 2022 has offered many, certainly in Europe, the chance to rest, recover fitness and prepare for a second half of the season that will offer little in the way of respite.

Of course, further additions to squads in January could nonetheless be key.

Below are the details for when the winter window opens in different leagues across the world, and some of the key players and clubs who could be active in the January market.

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When does the January transfer window open and close?

Premier League

  • The Premier League’s winter window will span all of January 2023, opening at midnight on January 1 and closing on January 31 at 23:00 GMT.
  • These dates and times also apply to EFL clubs, who returned to competitive action a few weeks before their top-flight counterparts in December.

Bundesliga and Ligue 1

  • Like England, the top three divisions in Germany see their winter windows open on January 1 at midnight, closing at 23:00 local time on January 31.
  • Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 in France are following the same dates as Germany and England.

La Liga and Serie A

  • The winter window for La Liga in Spain will open a day later than England’s, on January 2, but it will close on the same date of January 31 at 23:00 local time.
  • Italy’s Serie A, B, C and D will also see their window open on January 2 and close on January 31 at 23:00 local time.

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Transfer windows beyond Europe: Key leagues in Australia, North America, South America

Australia

  • The A-League Men’s season, which spans from October to May, returns to action during the latter stages of the World Cup, and the transfer window, taking place in Australia’s summer, spans from January 11 until February 8, 2023.

USA

  • The 2023 MLS season gets underway in February, with current confirmed transfers in the league going through on January 1. 
  • Although the MLS window dates are yet to be confirmed, the league’s primary transfer window is expected to run from January 31 to April 24, 2023.

Argentina and Brazil

  • The 2023 Primera Division in Argentina gets underway on January 27 and spans until early August. Their first transfer window of the season lasts just under a month, starting on January 23 and closing on February 22, 2023.
  • The Brasileirao’s 2023 window runs from January 10 to April 1, 2023.

Who could be on the move this January?

Particularly in Europe, the World Cup break has granted an extended period for clubs to rest much of their squads, as well as providing a chance for fringe players to train their way into contention while many teams’ stars are currently in Qatar. As a result, we’re not expecting a mass movement of players and money in January… although the winter window does have a record of being predictably unpredictable.

One player who certainly will be on the move is Cristiano Ronaldo. Having agreed to leave Manchester United by mutual consent, one of the best players to have ever graced a football pitch is available for free, with only his predictably enormous wages a stumbling block for most clubs. His much-publicised fallout with the Red Devils’ hierarchy could also put some clubs off chasing his signature, but when on-song, the 37-year-old is still a lethal finisher and a man most people would want playing alongside them.

He’ll turn 38 in February but will still likely attract plenty of interest. Most recently, Ronaldo has been heavily tipped to join Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia on what would be the most lucrative contract ever seen in football.

Netherlands forward Cody Gakpo has also been tipped for a move after starring in Qatar. The PSV attacker attracted interest from SouthamptonLeeds United and Manchester United in the summer transfer window, and speculation over his future is only likely to intensify.

Cody Gakpo celebrates a Netherlands goal

He’s rumoured to be a target for both Arsenal and Manchester United, who had been close to a deal in the previous window before switching their attention to Ajax star Antony.


Credit: sportingnews.com

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